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Authorities searching for escaped juvenile

Posted October 26, 2009

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— Authorities are searching for a teen in the custody of the state Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention who didn't return from a permitted visit Sunday.

The juvenile, identified as Melkym D., failed to return to the C.A. Dillon Youth Development in Durham as expected after an 8-hour visit, said department spokesman William Lassiter.

Melkym D. was last seen on Fayetteville Street in Durham at noon Sunday. His home is in Wake County.

Lassiter said that due to the unpredictability of juvenile behavior during an escape, there is a high degree of concern for the safety of both the juvenile and the public.

Local enforcement agencies are assisting in the search.

Anyone who sees Melkym D. should call their local law enforcement agency.

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  • JohnB2012 Oct 26, 2009

    "due to the unpredictability of juvenile behavior during an escape, there is a high degree of concern for the safety of both the juvenile and the public" So why was he allowed out in the first place.

  • OncomingStorm Oct 26, 2009

    If assignment to a Youth Detention Center is the juvenile equivelant of adult prison WHY are these kids allowed home visits? I read of escapes from home visits every month now!

    When will the Legislature start treating these hardened criminals like their adult counterparts: murders, rapists, etc., instead of being treated as misunderstood kids? You don't get sent to juvenile prison for stealing candy. These kids are semi-adults who have shown they cannot control their behaviour any more than can a two-year old.

    I say stop the home visits- permanently. Let them do their time as the judge, by law, assigned them. Who wants an escaped teenage murderer thug hiding in their neighborhood? I don't!

  • ccs1920 Oct 26, 2009

    Allowing these young men out isn't very wise. They have already shown that they make bad decisions are they wouldn't be locked up to begin with. This will probably continue until someone is raped or killed.